How to Declutter Your Drawers

The items in your drawers are not immediately visible, and if it's been a few years since you've cleaned them out, chances are you've accumulated some junk in there. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Taking time to create simple, stress-free drawers is worth the effort!


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    Take one drawer at a time. Do what you feel able to deal with. It is never a good idea to upend every drawer in a cabinet, only to lose faith and energy halfway through. You can either stop after doing one drawer, and tackle the next drawer tomorrow, or keep going if you have the time and energy.
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    Empty everything out of the drawer. Everything.
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    Clean out the drawer. Clear all junk and debris, then clean with a wet rag or use a cleaning product. Make it nice and clean.
  4. Image titled Remove Junk and Toss it Step 4
    Remove all junk from the pile of things that you have taken out of the drawer. And toss it.
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    Go through the remaining junk. Sort:
    • stuff you’d like to give away. Put this in a box to give away, and put the box in your car to drop off when you’re done;
    • stuff you want to put in other places in the house (do this immediately after you’re done); and
    • stuff you want to keep in the drawer. Try to keep related stuff in the drawer — don’t have a junk drawer. Only keep school supplies, or underwear, or whatever, in that drawer, so that you know what belongs there.
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    Put the things back in an orderly manner. You should have a greatly reduced amount of stuff to put back in the drawer. Don’t have too much stuff, or the drawer will still be cluttered. Put it back neatly, in some kind of order — it helps to get a drawer organizer that fits the stuff you’re putting in there. This is great for office or school supply stuff, like pens and tape and scissors and paper clips.
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    Stay de-cluttered. Now that it’s nice and neat and de-cluttered and simplified, celebrate. And keep it that way! Never just toss stuff in the drawer. Make sure that it belongs there, and put it back in an orderly manner. This habit might take some time, but it will pay off in less cluttered drawers.

Things You'll Need

  • Cluttered drawers
  • Wet rag and cleaning product
  • Sorting boxes and tossing box
  • Drawer organizer

Sources and Citations

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Categories: Clutter Busting